At Wellington (Westpac Stadium), January 15, 2014 (floodlit). New Zealand won by four wickets.
Toss: West Indies. Twenty20 international debut: J. O. Holder.
When New Zealand stumbled to 79 for five in the 11th over, it looked as if West Indies would add a share of the Twenty20 series to their 50-over draw the previous week. However, Ronchi played his second crucial innings in five days, reaching his first half-century for New Zealand (he previously made one for Australia, in a one-day international in St Kitts in 2008), and sharing the defining stand of 68 in seven overs with Taylor. West Indies' spirit was sapped in the 15th over, bowled by Bravo, which cost 17 and brought the requirement down to 37 off 30 balls. Ronchi's fifty arrived, from only 25 deliveries, with a thunderous straight-drive - and, although Taylor fell to Narine, Neesham finished the series with two fours and a six in four balls from Best. Earlier West Indies, whose side included five players who had kept wicket at international level, were floundering at 67 for four b,br>efore Ramdin's maiden Twenty20 fifty lifted them to a competitive total. Man of the Match: L. Ronchi.